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TU-3.1 Data Details

TU-3.1 Reduce the initiation of the use of tobacco products among children and adolescents aged 12 to 17 years

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH); Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Yes
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
7.8 (2008)
Target
5.8
Target-Setting Method
2 percentage point improvement
Numerator
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 years who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview
Denominator
Number of persons aged 12 to 17 who did not use tobacco products in their lifetime or who used tobacco products for the first time in the 12 months prior to the date of the interview
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

[NUMERATOR:]

How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of a cigarette?

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How old were you the first time you used snuff?

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How old were you the first time you used chewing tobacco?

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How old were you the first time you smoked part or all of any type of cigar?

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Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Initiation of tobacco use in the 12 months prior to date of interview was identified by examining the youth’s interview date, birth date, and initiation date of first tobacco use. Tobacco use includes cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, and any type of cigar. Persons who responded that they have used any of these tobacco products for more than 12 months are not included in this measure.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

During regular data collection and processing checks, errors were identified in the NSDUH data. These errors affected the data for Pennsylvania (2006-2010) and Maryland (2008-2009). These errors had minimal impact on the national estimates and no effect on direct estimates for the other 48 states and the District of Columbia. Comparing estimates for Pennsylvania, Maryland, the mid-Atlantic division, and the Northeast region were of most concern. As a result, in 2013, the baseline value was revised from 7.7% to 7.8%. The target was revised from 5.7% to 5.8% following the original target setting method.